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“We have reconfigured our physical spaces and rearranged routes through the Library to provide New College members with bookable reader seats and study space that conform with social distancing.”

‘Stay & Study’ is available to current New College, Oxford students and academics.

‘Stay & Study’ — providing Covid-secure study space in the Library



When is the ‘Stay & Study’ service available?

  • Access to study space will be provided over three sessions daily: 10 am till 12.30 pm, 1.00 till 3.00 pm, and 3.30 till 5.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays.


How does the service operate?

  • Seats must be booked in advance via our online booking system:
  • Arrive at the Library for the start of your booked ‘Stay & Study’ session (or during the course of its first hour).
  • Readers should queue to enter the Library, if required, from the New Buildings’ side.  Please use the hand-sanitiser dispenser available outside the Library before entering the building.
  • Depending upon the weather, you may find the front doors to the Library kept open for the first ‘Stay & Study’ session and the first hour of the second session (i.e. 3.30 till 4.30 pm) to minimise surface contact.  (An appropriate fire door mechanism is installed.)  Please ensure you tap your Bod card against the silver Library reader at the entrance before coming into the Library.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only a proportion of our reader seats are available for you to occupy.  These seats are clearly numbered from 1 to 28.  Please look for an unoccupied numbered seat on your arrival, and remain at that same seat during your ‘Stay & Study’ session.
  • Readers will wear a face covering while in the Library.  We encourage and remind all readers to sanitise or wash their hands regularly (gloves will also be available for readers in the entrance hall).
  • A one-way system is in operation within the Library.  Please follow the route through the Library marked out by the directional arrows to reach your seat, and ensure you maintain a two-metre distance from other readers moving through the Library.
  • Wipe down your desk on your arrival there using the anti-bacterial wipes available.
  • You should remain at your seat, unless you need to use the loo on the Lower Floor of the Library.  Browsing at the shelves and borrowing books from the Library are not permitted during the ‘Stay & Study’ periods.  But you may bring in books with you which you have already borrowed from us (via our ‘Browse & Borrow’ and/or ‘Click & Collect’ services), or books you have borrowed from another library, or your own books.
  • You should leave at the end of your scheduled session.
  • Ensure you wipe down your desk when you leave your ‘Stay & Study’ session using the anti-bacterial wipes available, vacate your desk, and leave the Library adhering to the one-way route marked out in the building.
  • Please remember: seats must always be booked in advance via our online booking system for our ‘Stay & Study’ service:


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